Owen – Iheanacho Has Regressed Under Guardiola, He Is Under Pressure


Former Manchester City forward Michael Owen says the confidence of young Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho has taken a big hit under manager Pep Guardiola.


Iheanacho was handed a rare start by the manager in their 2-1 win over Burnley but had to substitute the 20 year old, a minute after the restart following a red card to Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

Owen believes Iheanacho is not same player he was under former manager Manuel Pelligrini, who gave him his breakthrough at the Etihad.

” Iheanacho isn’t the same player he was once. His confidence has taken a hit, I think he plays with lot of pressure as he is unsure what could happen next unlike when Pelligrini was in charge,” Owen said.

” He is surrounded by players he knows have the trust of the manager unlike during Pelligrini’s reign where he has the trust of the manager and knows it, he has regressed under Guardiola. He is under pressure”.